Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards - Hungarian Grand Prix 2021
This week: Overtaking at turn 4, George tugs our heartstrings. discover what happens when you miss the race start & Ferrari race strategy revealed,
Wow! Just wow!
So, who predicted that result after yesterday's qualifying? With Hamilton on pole, Bottas second and Verstappen starting third, the stage was all ready set for a thrilling first lap. The main question being, on a track that's notoriously difficult to overtake, would Hamilton keep the lead going into the 1st corner.
But, overnight and early morning rain, along with a pre-race rain shower threw everything up in the air. Everyone was set to start on inters (except Giovanazzi who had made the bold decision on the formation lap to switch to slicks) and the start was always going to be a bit 'Bambi on ice' as although the rain had stopped, the track was still wet and greasy.
Lights out and Hamilton got off to a flying start, Bottas went backwards and then chaos ensued as Bottas braked later going into turn 1, rear-ended Norris who went sideways into Verstappen, and for good measure Perez was also caught up in this drama. Stroll, who saw the drama ahead unfolding tried to get out of the way by going to the right and managed to take both himself and Leclerc out of the race. Meanwhile, Hamilton sped off and Ocon tiptoed around and found himself in P2.
The race was, of course, red flagged.
At the restart, by the end of the formation lap, all cars ducked into the pits for slick tyres. All that is except Hamilton, who, apparently, had been told by his team that rain was imminent. Of course, this meant that at lights out, Hamilton was the sole car on the grid, and he had to duck into the pits at the end of the lap and fell from P1 to the back of the field.
Consequently, Ocon found himself leading the Grand Prix. And a jolly good job he did as well. He kept the ever present threat of Vettel behind him crossed the line to take his maiden win. Vettel finished P2, and Hamilton P3, having clawed his way back up the field, including an extra pit stop on lap 48 for a new set of mediums, after which he flew.
Of course, with all this going on, I had a steady stream of entries for this week's Funniest Tweet Awards filtering through my timeline. Having revived my senses with a cup of tea, I have now judged this week's batch.
So, without further ado, here are the Top 10 Funniest Tweet Awards for the Hungarian Grand Prix 2021:
@RJoseRazoJr with live reaction of F1 fans who missed the start of the race ...
For those who did miss the start of the race (tut, tut), @Krustylicious has an action replay for you
@JackieF1nut with live onboard footage of Hamilton on lap 27, as he asked Bono whether it was lap 43!!
@Dachelle reveals Ferrari's elusive race strategy. So now we know ;-)
@nweb78 with live onboard footage from Hamilton's car as he attempted to successfully overtake Yuki Tsunoda at the 'impossible' turn 4
@Jontys_Corner with F1 fans' reaction when we hear George's radio call to his pitwall after the restart where he states he happy to have his race compromised to prioritise his team-mate's position. Now that's team work right there. Wouldn't you agree? (In the end I'm so pleased they both got points)
@beer_mat_movies with unseen footage of Verstappen as he's asked about his car balance
@timwagner66 with an action replay of Bottas's start
@jessica_smetana with unseen footage of Christian Horner stating his case against Bottas to the Racing Director, Michael Masi
This week's winner is @MarkLaneF1 with Hamilton's onboard as approached Alonso's Alpine in an attempt to overtake ... it took a while ... boy that Alpine is wide!
And there you have it. As always, let me know you favourite(s) in the comments below.
F1 is now on it's summer break, so the the Funniest Tweet Awards will be back at the end of August as we move to Belgium.
Have a wonderful summer, and here's hoping the sun keeps shining.